The Southern Alps and Fiordland

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  • 1. Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

    Aoraki/Mt. Cook is New Zealand's highest peak at approximately 12,218 feet. There are 22 peaks over 10,000 feet in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park. According to...Read More

  • 2. Fiordland National Park

    Encompassing more than 3 million acres of wilderness, Fiordland is the country's biggest national park. Nearly a million people visit each year to see playful...Read More

  • 3. Gibbston Valley Wines

    The wine-making industry in Central Otago began with the vines that were first planted here. The best-known vineyard in Central Otago, Gibbston Valley Wines is...Read More

  • 4. Lakes District Museum

    Don't leave Arrowtown without dropping in to this small but very cleverly constructed museum. It gives a great insight into the history of the area,...Read More

  • 5. T.S.S. EARNSLAW

    This lovely old ship is more than 100 years old, and one of the world's few coal-fired steamships still operating. It's in superb condition partly...Read More

  • 6. Amisfield Winery & Bistro

    Step into this expansive winery and bistro and enjoy stunning lake and mountain views. Both the wines and the restaurant have earned accolades over the...Read More

  • 7. Bullock Wagon Trail

    This 268-km (167-mile) heritage highway, which stretches from Timaru to Twizel via Mt. Cook, recognizes the long, arduous journeys early settlers in the region made...Read More

  • 8. Cardrona Distillery

    Although it will be several years (around 2025) before their first batch of 10-year old single malt whisky is ready, Cardrona Distillery has released its...Read More

  • 9. Chard Farm

    The Chard Farm vineyard perches on a rare flat spot on the edge of the Kawarau Gorge, not far from Gibbston Valley and opposite AJ...Read More

  • 10. Chinese Settlement

    In a less-visited part of the town is the former Chinese settlement. Chinese miners were common on the goldfields, brought in to raise a flagging...Read More

  • 11. Church of the Good Shepherd

    On the east side of the township, the tiny Church of the Good Shepherd is one of the most photographed buildings in New Zealand. This...Read More

  • 12. Crossfire

    At this excellent facility, you can have a hand at clay-bird or rifle shooting, archery, or get a basket of golf balls and swing away....Read More

  • 13. Dark Sky Project

    If you're extremely lucky, you'll see the southern lights in this area. Even if you don't, you're still at one of the best stargazing sites...Read More

  • 14. Fear Factory

    A scary addition to the adventure scene in Queenstown, Fear Factory challenges you to walk through their haunted house in the center of town. Not...Read More

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  • 15. Lake Tekapo

    The long, narrow expanse of Lake Tekapo anchors the area. Its extraordinary milky-turquoise color comes from rock flour, rock ground by glacial action and held...Read More

  • 16. Milford Discovery Centre & Underwater Observatory

    Even in heavy rain and storms Milford Sound is magical. Rainfall is so excessive that a coat of up to 20 feet of fresh water...Read More

  • 17. Milford Road

    If there was nothing to see at the end of this road it would still be worth the journey. It's a spectacular route, on one...Read More

  • 18. Mt. Difficulty

    You could spend a lot of time in the tasting room with the large range of good wines on offer here, or you can keep...Read More

  • 19. Punanga Manu o Te Anau/Te Anau Bird Sanctuary

    The lakeshore Te Anau Bird Sanctuary gives you the chance to preview some of the wildlife you're likely to encounter when hiking in Fiordland. The...Read More

  • 20. Puzzling World

    The cartoon-like houses built at funny angles with the Leaning Tower of Wanaka is just the start. Turn off here for a number of puzzling...Read More

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